Your physical health and mental health are directly related. Incorporating regular exercise into one’s routine has been consistently linked to numerous mental health benefits. Physical activity is associated with a significant reduction in symptoms of depression, and individuals who engage in regular exercise report fewer days of poor mental health compared to those who did not exercise. The positive impact of exercise in alleviating symptoms of anxiety disorders.*
When setting mental fitness goals around exercise, set goals that SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, and time-bound). Saying you plan to exercise more is vague and broad, but saying you will run for 30 minutes twice a week for three months is clear, measurable and achievable.
If you currently exercise regularly…great! Keep it up! If you exercise sporadically, try to find a way to make that exercise part of your routine. If you don’t currently exercise at all, spend each week this month trying something that you think you might enjoy. Remember, if you have health issues, you may want to consult your doctor before adding an exercise regiment. They may even be able to recommend one that is ideal for you.